Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of most common diagnoses in the general population and a condition that is treated frequently by occupational and physical therapists. Pain, loss of range of motion, and weakness are characteristic symptoms with OA and are the focus of this course. Evidence will be presented to support the use of superficial and deep heat, transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS), interferential current (IFC), and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to alleviate pain, facilitate increased range of motion, and address weakness. This course will assist clinician’s in incorporating physical agents in their plan of care for patients with OA and outline how physical agents can be used for improved clinical outcomes.
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- cellular changes with OA
- joint structures affected by OA
- predisposing factors for OA
- aging and OA
- discuss nociception and sensitization
- discuss theories of pain control
- superficial thermal agents and pain management with OA
- electrotherapeutic agents and pain management with OA
- causes of ROM loss with OA
- articular damage and ROM loss
- joint capsule and loss of ROM in OA
- Pain and loss of ROM with OA
- Weakness and loss of ROM with OA
- Weakness with OA
- NMES for shoulder muscle strengthening
- NMES for quad muscle strengthening
- Hand osteoarthritis
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the latest evidence supporting use of PAMs to treat patients with OA.
- Identify cellular changes that occur with OA
- Recognize changes to periarticular joint structures associated with OA
- List predisposing factors for OA
- Recognize how aging affects articular cartilage
- Identify role of nociceptors in OA pain
- Identify peripheral and central sensitization
- Recognize theories regarding pain control
- Identify use of superficial agents for pain management with OA
- Recognize use of electrotherapeutic agents for pain management with OA
- List appropriate physical agent(s) to use based on reason for loss of ROM
- Identify use of NMES in addressing muscle weakness associated with knee and shoulder OA
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Lorie Schleck is employed by Interim Home Care and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service